OWENSBORO, Ky. — Friday night at the 2019 Chamber Celebration, presented by Owensboro Health, more than 700 members, regional and state leaders along with guests of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce recognized eight local businesses as the 2019 Businesses of the Year.
The winning businesses were among 51 nominees vying for the honors. Those earning the honors include:
• Emerging Business of the Year – Owensboro Family Pharmacy
• Business of the Year 1-10 Employees – Gene’s Health Food, Inc.
• Business of the Year 11-50 Employees – Old National Bank
• Business of the Year Over 50 Employees – Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc.
• Non-Profit of the Year – Puzzle Pieces
• Education and Workforce Development Institution of the Year – Brescia University
• Manufacturer of the Year – O.Z. Tyler Distillery
• Rick Kamuf Agri-Business of the Year – Hayden Farms
Other award winners of the night included:
• 2018 Chamber Ambassador of the Year – Minga Trogdlen, Independence Bank
• 2018 Chamber Director of the Year – Dave Roberts, UniFirst Corporation
• 2018 Leadership Owensboro Class Member of the Year – Brad Youngman, Daviess County Sheriff’s Office
• 2018 CYP Member of the Year – Mario Vizuet, Old National Bank
• 2018 Chamber Member of the Year – Visit Owensboro
• Bill Young Community Leadership Award – Tish Correa-Osborne, Girls Inc.
The celebration also included addresses from the presenting sponsor, Owensboro Health, as well as the chamber’s outgoing board chair Kentucky Wesleyan President Bart Darrell and 2019 board chair Dave Roberts, general manager of UniFirst Corporation.
The record attendance gathered for an after-party presented by UniFirst Corporation following the Ceremony and Awards Presentation. It was an evening filled with celebration for the businesses and individuals in the community who are making Owensboro even greater.
“Our awards program is an opportunity to celebrate our members who make the best of the Owensboro business community. The level of excellence displayed throughout the lists of nominees is remarkable. It is yet another example of how Owensboro is truly a shining community. Our Chamber staff is honored to be able to serve our members and to be a small part of their journeys,” said Candance Castlen Brake, Chamber President and CEO.
The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce is a nearly 1,000-membership organization founded in 1913 with the purpose of connecting businesses and fostering economic growth in Owensboro and Daviess County.